25th June

A wet night gave way to a mainly overcast but still and muggy day. Bird interest was limited but did include a few indications of passage: a Teal through off the Bill was an unseasonable surprise, a Spotted Flycatcher at Blacknor was perhaps a tardy spring arrival, whilst the 8 Sand Martins and 4 Little Egrets over the Bill were more or less on cue early autumn dispersers.

Painted Ladys remained very numerous throughout the island, whilst a bumper overnight haul of moths included a Blair's Mocha - seemingly the first June record for Portland of this still quite infrequently recorded immigrant.

The Little Egrets left out to sea when they were first spotted but chickened out of a Channel crossing and returned northward 10 minutes later © Nick Hopper: